The Cult Meunier - Rare
Prévost Fac-Simile Rosé Extra Brut (2012)
Prévost only has 2.2ha and each year his reputation grows bigger and bigger. We've watched availability on his basic Beguines become brutal.
However, that's nothing compared to Fac-Simile Rosé.
Out of all of the wines that we chase down, Prévost's Fac-Simile is one of the most difficult. Production is tiny and demand is huge. It's as simple as that.
This is definitely one of the sorts of offers that we can only quietly slip in to a small group on a holiday weekend. Still, I'd be amazed if this doesn't sell out.
There are few, if any, producers in Champagne who have elevated Meunier the way that Prévost has. Prévost's village of Gueux has a very specific terroir - the soils are sandy and calcareous clay and are uniquely studded with tiny fossils that date back 45 million years.
Fac-Simile is an astonishing example of what can be done with Pinot Meunier and Rosé Champagne in general. There's an intensity allied with an energetic tension that amazes. Everything is poised, crystal clear and harmonious. Currents of ripe citrus meld with floral notes, smoke, subtle cherry fruit and not very subtle chalky minerality. All of this is always rendered with perfect clarity.
Our tastings of Prévost's 2012s have left us really impressed. Even in their young state, both the Beguines and Fac-Simile feel really complete. The 2012 Fac-Simile is incredibly nuanced in its complexity.
I imagine that most of you are well aware of what Prévost is able to achieve every vintage. There's no point in dwelling any further. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.
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